The Sunday Club had a fun ‘Easter New Life’ activity afternoon on the Saturday before Easter, starting with an Easter egg hunt in the church garden, followed by cookie-baking and craft-making. The children came with posies of spring flowers, which they placed in the church, and then heard a story about Easter and what it means.
After the Easter egg hunt, they decorated eggs, made chicks, sun catchers and theme-shaped biscuits, did hand-prints and made ‘bunny hats’. The children enjoyed themselves and were very proud of themselves. The Guernsey Press consecrated one of its articles to the event.
On Palm Sunday, the children joined in the procession at the beginning of the 11.00am Mass, and in Sunday Club on Easter Day they made edible Easter gardens (from biscuits, sugar flowers and a chocolate egg which represented the tombstone that had been rolled away). After the Mass, they gave chocolates to everyone.
On Christmas Eve, St Stephen’s held a Family Carol Service, and the members of Sunday Club starred in a play called ‘Papa Panov’s Visitors’, in which the story of Papa Panov and that of the Nativity were skilfully blended together (thanks to the talents of Andrea Bateman). Children who attended the Carol Service were invited to dress up as a character from the Nativity Story and to join in – which they did!
Each Sunday during Advent, children from the Sunday Club helped light the candles on the Advent wreath at the beginning of the 11.00am Mass. As they did so, we all were encouraged to rejoice in the light of Christ and to be led to witness to him.
The Sunday Club also devoted several of its Sundays in Advent to the making of marzipan fruits and peppermint creams to sell in boxes that they had personally decorated. The proceeds of this sale generated £122, which will be sent to the Save the Children Fund Crisis Appeal.
Well done, Sunday Club! The marzipan fruits and peppermint creams were delicious, as well!
St Stephen’s Sunday Club prepares for Easter 2016
During Lent, the Sunday Club decorated glass vases for daffodils to be placed on the window sills of the church on Easter Sunday.
They also prepared decorations for Easter cakes.
And on Palm Sunday, they joined Fr John in the Procession at the beginning of the Mass.
St Stephen’s Sunday Club raises funds for the ‘Save the Children Refugee Fund’
In January 2016, our Sunday Club produced and sold hand-made marzipan fruits and peppermint creams in support of the ‘Save the Children Fund’. In total, £120 was raised, enough to feed one child for nearly five weeks.
St Stephen’s Sunday Club
Every Sunday at 11.00am, Sunday Club is organised for children and young adults at St Stephen’s in the Vestry. Fun and creative activities are organised to focus on the themes of the Scriptures appointed for the day.
If you would like to enrol your child or teenager in Sunday Club, or if you are interested in helping out, please contact Fr John Moore on 720268.
A children’s corner is also located within the church for children under 3 years of age.